El Torito - West Covina

4.1
111 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.
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stmrenard
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

How very disappointing! The restaurant was practically empty. There was plenty of food (buffet style), but when we arrived, it looked like the food had been sitting on the tables for awhile...some of it had dried out from the heat lamps. For $35/person, I expected a little more "wow." El Torito is much closer to home than Maggiano's in Costa Mesa, so I thought I would give it a try. I enjoy El Torito for regular dinner nights 'out,' but I will not be spending Thanksgiving Dinner here again. If we don't have a home-cooked turkey next year, I will make the trek to Costa Mesa.

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PamS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience. The food was great. There were excellent selections of food. We appreciated the professionalism of the staff and enjoy our dinner.

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Bruz
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The celery in our Bloody Marys was stale, and our order was mixed up. Also the eggs were way under cooked.

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LucilleL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was a little slow in the bar area, our waiter was not as attentive as the other one in the same section. Ordered the poblano potato soup and it was not great, but the waiter promptly replaced it with the chicken tortilla soup which was excellent! Drinks were on point, and the greeter at the front was the best!

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GracieP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service ! Fast and very friendly server

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You can’t go wrong with the fajitas. They are delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Had four different waiters attend to us, messed up the order, no drink refills, just a bad experience.

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JoseF
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment and the food was good, employees were really attentive to our needs. Hand up!!

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vipDOCTORROADMAP
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

My wife and I always used to enjoy the Sunday Brunch, especially with Rudy at the Irvine location. At West Covina the food overall was bland. It all tasted the same except for the Menudo and the Chile Colorado. Both dishes were very good. Fortunately the bartender kept the Champaign flowing. I don’t think we’ll be returning.

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Lucha
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was good only complain had to ask too many times for beverages during eating took for me too long to bring them.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

To start my wife soda was flat, my beer was flat and taste weird. Ordered table side guacamole. That had no flavor. My wife had the cheese enchiladas. And I had the shrimp tacos. We were not happy with either. Try something else. Or some where else. Service was good but food and drinks fell way short.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food fabulous. Overall great experience

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DiegoD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere and customer service was great, but the food was average.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Roberto was a great host! Bottomless mimosas was really bottomless! Most bottomless mimosa’s spots are VERY slow in refilling your glass but NOT ROBERTO! He also was very kind even if they were short staffed. I give ROBERTO big praise because he was working the BAR and serviced us at the same time! I call this talent. The warm foods were not really warm. So I just ate the tacos which I knew those were constantly being cooked to order.

I will come again for Roberto because not many food service spots do not have great workers like him!

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barbarau
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Not enough workers, could use a good cleaning of dining area and floors. Lines were too long that food got cold by the time we got to our tables. Wait staff were great

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KarlaG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hour menu is good but a bit limited. I wish they would add more items. The service was good, our waiter stayed on top of our orders.

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MarioE
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

The salsa was sour the taco bar was quick, but didn’t offer enough meat for your tacos and didn’t have very much flavor. The mini tacos were full of beans and meat juice. I only got maybe three pieces of meat altogether for four tacos and they were about a centimeter in size And cold and soggy by the time they reached the table

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Reba
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love El Torito! Our waiter was great, food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Air conditioner wasn't working. It was too stuffy in there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite el torito! Service was great! They've also updated their food presentation.

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DianaM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Had a 2pm reservation wasn’t seated until 2:20. The server wasn’t attentive, came to our table maybe twice. Didn’t give us napkins, silverware, straws. We asked for flour tortillas she gave us corn tortillas. Overall, wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited for 45 to be seated even though I made a reservation. My brother in law’s food arrived after everyone had already finished eating. The service was horrible.

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vipReginaldB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service from Ricardo

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Even though I made reservations, we waited for 10 minutes to be seated! The hostesses seemed to not know what they were doing...

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SuzanneLG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Despite having a Resevation for 2 Weeks we were kept waiting for more than 35 Minutes. We were told that they were short staffed and 2 People were on Break. Why would you allow 2 People to go to Lunch when you are so Busy? I Drove 45 Minutes to Take My 91 Year Old Dad to Celebarte Fther's Day. My Dad is Diabete. Carlos the Manager said my Dad could sit and have a Salad. I said we came to have Lunch and be Served. I Spent nearly $90 - Not Worth the Money for the Treatment and Slow Service.

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SharonC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

With a reservation for 5 people at 4:45, we arrived 10 minutes early and had to sit in the heat outside for 40 minutes before being seated inside. We were seated next to large table with very happy people loudly celebrating a birthday included banging loudly on the table. Okay that happens sometimes. Our waitress was excellent but way overloaded with tables. She was trooper and still did a great job. Especially considering that the A/C wasn't working and it was almost as hot in the restaurant as outside. Food was good but slow in coming. Staff was very nice but just not a pleasant experience with the wait time and the condition in the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It’s stuffy in there.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Roberto was our server, he was friggin awesome!!!

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Keithp
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had reservations at 2pm , we were taken in at about 2:10pm so that was fine . Quite a bit of hostesses upfront , they all kept staring at people as of not knowing what to do .
Drinks were ok , Guacamole took quite a while . Food is fair , meat was tough , beans were cold . Fajitas were not hot and they added potatoes that were cold . Food could have been better looked reheated.

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JasmineJ
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very accommodating Of the party size that we had.

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LilyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, we really enjoyed our date night.

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AmbNicole
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We made a reservation and still ended up waiting 40 min to be seated. Employee at the check-in stand was very rude. Our waiter was great and made the experience better.

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CristinaS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, from calling to make a reservation to our waiter and excellent food and drinks!

El Torito - West Covina
Responded on May 13, 2021

We are happy to hear about your experience! We appreciate you taking the time to share. - Xperience Restaurant Group

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DonaldA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was promptly served. Our waitress was very courteous and friendly. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

El Torito - West Covina
Responded on May 13, 2021

We cannot thank you enough for the kind words about our restaurant. Your review means a lot to us and lets us know we are on the right track! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Went for Mother’s Day. Sat us late food just barely ok

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Yailah
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely great, except for the food. Branch was taken away too fast. We should have had the opportunity to have had been offered brunch or order from the menu since we only had about 20 mins to make a run for brunch like if we running a marathon. Then we had to chow down everything before trying to go back and get something else because everything was being removed. Then they ran out of tostadas and they made me ask my server for tortilla chips because they were too LAZY to get a tostada for my ceviche.

I get it, it was Mothers Day, but we RSVP'd way in advance to be treated that way!

I'm very disappointed with the service since our bill was over $200.

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HeatherP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing is that I asked for no onion or cilantro on my tacos and they were still brought that way. After a second set of tacos. But the food was still good after digging out the meat lol

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Date night, we had a very nice evening.

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BrianO
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual. Good food and price. Thanks

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vipCooper
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for Americanized Mexican food. Wide selection to satisfy different tastes.

FAQs

El Torito - West Covina does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Torito - West Covina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 966-7516.

El Torito - West Covina is rated 4.1 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.